Young Wayzata actor adds to resume with ‘Camelot’ at the Ordway

Jason Jenkins, Wayzata Sun Sailor 5/8/15

By the end of summer, Henry Constable will have performed on stage at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in St. Paul and the Guthrie Theater in Minneapolis. While landing back-to-back jobs at two premier playhouses would be an accomplishment for an actor at any age, it’s even more impressive when considering Henry is 12 years old.

Henry, who lives in Wayzata and is a seventh-grader at Valley View Middle School in Edina, landed his first acting job at age nine in a national television commercial for General Mills.

“It was really fun,” Henry said.

From there, Henry took to the theater stage and performed in his first play, “Cinder Edna” at the Stages Theater in Hopkins.

In the years since, Henry has continued to work in commercials and perform in plays around the metro. His next role is at the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts where he will act in four out of eight performances of Lerner and Loewe’s “Camelot” May 12-17.

Henry will play the role of Tom of Warwick, a young boy who believes he’s destined to be a knight. He will alternate the role throughout the Ordway run with Maple Grove actor Alec Fisher. Both actors were also recently seen in “Oliver!” at the Pantages Theatre in Minneapolis.

Once “Camelot” wraps, Henry will begin rehearsing for his role as a River City boy in “The Music Man,” which will begin its run in June on the Wurtele Thrust Stage at the Guthrie Theater.

Henry said he also takes classes in dance and singing to round out his skillset as an actor.

“I don’t know if I like any one of them more (than the other), I like them all a lot,” Henry said.

And the industry is taking note of the young actor’s talents. In 2014, Henry was voted Minneapolis’ best young actor under 18 by for his performance in “The Little Mermaid” at Chanhassen Dinner Theatres.

Henry’s twin sister Isabel has also found an interest in acting. The two have even worked together on several projects including the 2010 feature film “My Senior Year.”

The siblings also share another skill that most kids their age, or any age, do not – they’re fluent in French. Up until the middle of fourth grade, Henry and Isabel attended the French Academy, a private language-immersion school in St. Louis Park.

“Everything is completely in French,” said Henry and Isabel’s mom Katie. “We went down that path because we were interested in immersion … They liked it and we liked it, so they stayed there and then switched them to Edina, which has a French immersion program.”

Henry said his ability to speak French has already proven to be a helpful addition to his growing resume. A commercial currently airing for Apple Valley-based Wings Financial Credit Union features the young actor playing a son practicing his French while setting the table for his awestruck mom.

“In the commercial, a mom comes home to a dream house … Dad was cooking her a meal, my sister in the commercial was practicing her violin and I was speaking French,” Henry said.

Among the many commercials Henry has acted in, he said his favorite would have to be one for the Minnesota Twins. In it, he’s featured as a young Twins fanatic getting ready for baseball season.

What’s next for the prospering young actor? Henry said he’d like to play a role in a big movie or television show. He’ll also continue trying to fulfill another acting ambition that he’s already taken a few attempts at to land – a part on Broadway in New York City.

“Not yet, but I’m still trying,” Henry said. “I’ve gotten a few callbacks though.”

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